Western Governors University

Information Technology

Program: Information Technology
Degree or Certificate: BS / Bachelor of Science
Department: College of Information Technology
Program website:
Program specializations:

(1) B.S. Information Technology
(2) B.S. Information Technology-Networks Administration
(3) B.S. Information Technology-Networks Design and Management
(4) B.S. Information Technology-Databases
(5) B.S. Information Technology-Security
(6) B.S. Information Technology-Software
(7) B.S. Information Technology-Security and Assurance

Program mission statement:

The WGU Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program was developed in consultation with our IT Council, made up of industry experts representing all facets of the discipline from the high-tech business world to national research laboratories. The degree uses industry-endorsed certifications from Microsoft, CompTIA, Sun Microsystems, and CIW (Certified Internet Web) to validate a student's skill competency. Additionally, the competencies in quantitative literacy, language & communications, and problem-solving assure that the graduate has the well-rounded educational background that is required in today's challenging environment.

Professional accreditation: Not Applicable
Test(s) Required for Program Admission: N/A
Face-to-Face Requirements: N/A
Program Credits/Units to Graduation: N/A
Program learning outcomes:
What Will I Learn?

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (IT) provides a solid foundation in computer information systems and technologies, including programming, e-commerce, project management, networks, operating systems, databases, and security. In addition to the IT content, the degree program includes a broad, collegiate-level education. The program is primarily designed for those who have some technical knowledge and are ready to move to increased levels of expertise and responsibility in the information technology field. The IT component of the Bachelor of Science program consists of four domains of study: IT fundamentals, software, networks and IT project management. There are eight areas of study (sub-domains) that students master including IT fundamentals, operating systems, software, networks, database, e-commerce, security, and project management. At the end of the program, students develop a comprehensive portfolio and complete a capstone project. Students who are seeking a specialization in one of the sub-domains of software, networks, database or security can complete the basic IT degree program and pass additional assessments to earn one of these designated emphases.

Specific domain and subdomains for each degree option can be found as follows:
(1) B.S. Information Technology http://www.wgu.edu/program/325
(2) B.S. Information Technology-Networks Administration http://www.wgu.edu/program/326
(3) B.S. Information Technology-Networks Design and Management http://www.wgu.edu/program/327
(4) B.S. Information Technology-Databases http://www.wgu.edu/program/329
(5) B.S. Information Technology-Security http://www.wgu.edu/program/328
(6) B.S. Information Technology-Software http://www.wgu.edu/program/330
(7) B.S. Information Technology-Security and Assurance http://www.wgu.edu/program/487

Evidence of Student Learning - Internal: How will the program measure what I have learned?:

WGU's philosophy of assessment is to measure each competency in terms of "knowing," "knowing how to," and "doing," through both objective and performance assessment. (a) Objective Assessments are designed to evaluate your knowledge and skills in a domain of knowledge. Most objective assessments include multiple-choice items, multiple selection items, matching, short answer, drag and drop, and point and click item types, as well as case study and video based items. (b) Performance Assessments contain, in most cases, multiple tasks such as scored assignments, projects, essays, and research papers. Performance Assessments contain detailed instructions and rubrics for completing each assigned task and are submitted via TaskStream, an online project management and grading tool. (c) Essay Assessments are used to measure your ability to integrate and apply concepts. Your writing will be scored against competency-based rubrics established by the faculty. (d) Certification Assessments are used to determine competency in specific IT skills. Your program will include certifications from Microsoft, CompTIA, Sun Microsystems, and CIW. These exams may include performance items, simulations, and/or objective exam questions. Each certifying organization sets the passing score that WGU follows to award you credit for earned competencies. More details on individual certification exams will be provided later in this document.

The overall assessment pass rates for the Bachelor of Science Information Technology: 69.2%

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Results of External Exams/Assessments: What third-party assessments will measure what I have learned?:

Not Applicable